Originally Posted by camaraderie
Hey Deaver ... the current Garmins come with Base Camp as the recommended planning software...the Mapsource is a discontinued legacy app. Have you tried them both and settled on Mapsource? I'm not a fan of base camp,,,, wondering if mapsource is worth downloading as an alternate.
Yes, I have tried BaseCamp and use it for some applications like the handhelds for hiking or cycling. I think it works well for them. Mapsource is a better application for the Nuvi type devices in my opinion
Mapsource is a legacy program that was offered as part of the original Metroguide days and was still included up to some of the early City Navigator releases. It can still be downloaded , but a little tricky. Here's how
This assumes that you have a "Lifetime Maps" option on your device. If not, you will have to purchase a Map update from Garmin prior.
You have to Download Training Center software version 3.6.5 and install First. Click "RUN" each time a dialog box appears
Garmin Training Center Link
Then, you download and Install MapSource software version 6.16.3 (The latest and last version) Click "RUN" each time a dialog box appears
Garmin Mapsource Link
You then want to download and install Garmin's Map Updater Program. (note if you do not have Microsoft's net framework program already on your computer, it will load it as part of the overall install) Save this Program "GarminMapUpdater.exe" somewhere on your computer you will remember and use it for all future Map Updates
Garmin Map Updater Link
If you now access the Mapsource program, you will find No Map Date. Close the Mapsource Program.
Plug in your Garmin Device (Nuvi,etc) to your computer and MAKE SURE your computer recognizes your Garmin Device as another drive.
You want to run the Map Updater Program at this time with your Garmin Pluged-In. Update to both your computer and to your device. This will place the same Map data on both or device and your Computer so that it can be accessed by the Mapsource Program.
Is so desired, You can un-install the Garmin Training Center as it is used for the Athletic based Garmin Devices like the running or cycling devises
As a side note, I find that using the Map Updater Program allows you to update your maps À la carte as opposed to the "Garmin Express" method. Garmin Express will NOT update your computer Maps, only the device.
Give it a try
In tomorrows lesson I'll discuss Custom Point of Interest Files and how to use them if there is enough interest